Blended e-learning skeleton of conversation: improving formative assessment in undergraduate dissertation supervision

Heinze, A and Heinze, B 2009, 'Blended e-learning skeleton of conversation: improving formative assessment in undergraduate dissertation supervision' , British Journal of Educational Technology, 40 (2) , pp. 294-305.

Download (63kB) | Preview


The supervision of undergraduate student dissertations is an area in need of research. Although some studies have already addressed this, these are primarily based on academic staff responses. This study contributes to knowledge by gathering the responses of students and focusing on formative electronic assessment. Data was collected using a student focus group and student questionnaire. The findings suggest that good supervisor-student communication is crucial to the supervision process and a number of students felt unhappy with this aspect. It is suggested that to improve the undergraduate student dissertation experience, a combination of face-to-face and electronic formative assessment is used. In addition, the Blended E-learning Skeleton of Conversation model provides a sound theoretical framework that could guide supervisors and students in the supervision process. This model is advocated for use in dissertation module design and in supervisor development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue of journal: 'e-Assessment: developing new dialogues for the digital age'
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Educational Technology
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00071013
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Dr Aleksej Heinze
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2009 11:53
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:17

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)